Guidelines for local authorities and contractors to start reopening Household Waste and Recycling Facilities (HWRC)

Government guidance now ranks reopening HWRC as a priority to help ease the pressure on kerbside collections and reduce dumping by ensuring the integrity of the whole waste collection and treatment network. New guidance created by Veolia will help local authorities and contractors to safely reopen HWRC during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Many Councils across the UK have reported sharp rises in illegal dumping following the COVID-19 lockdown.

By reopening these facilities we can ensure local authorities can maintain the vital recycling and waste management infrastructure in their local areas, provide an essential service and reduce the environmental damage caused by fly-tipping.

Richard Kirkman, Veolia’s Head of COVID-19 Response and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Reopening HWRC has also been considered a priority to prevent illness, injury or harm to members of the public who have a problem with storing too much waste at home. It will help to prevent hazardous waste and bulky waste from building up in places where it can’t be stored correctly and could ultimately become a pollution problem.

Health and safety is a number one priority. To support Local Authorities we have developed the 'Local Authority Guidance on the Safe reopening of HWRC Networks' guide is designed in line with Government and WISH guidance to maintain the safety of public and Recycling Assistants on-site. It explains necessary operating procedures, and cleaning and vehicle management. To download the guide for use please submit your information via the form below.